Autumn in Shinjuku: 3 Amazing Spots for Viewing Fall Colors

As one of Tokyo’s major business hubs, Shinjuku admittedly isn’t the first location that comes to mind when seeking out places to soak in the splendid yellow and red hues of autumn leaves. However, busy Shinjuku-based travelers shouldn’t give up on their fall-color dreams just because they can’t make it out to the local mountains. As you’ll see in this article, there are plenty of places to partake in the wonders of autumn, one of the best times of the year to visit Japan.

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Shinjuku Gyoen

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Here at Tadaima Japan, we frequently cover Shinjuku Gyoen. The park’s sprawling natural beauty is only matched by its convenient location, warranting multiple visits throughout the year. Shinjuku Gyoen changes drastically with each season, and autumn is no exception. Click here to learn more about Shinjuku Gyoen throughout the seasons, and discover why it’s the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors without having to leave the city.

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Meiji Jingu Gaien

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Not only is this park and stadium complex a superb place for seeing fireworks or appreciating historic fine art, it’s also home to one of the most famous spots in Tokyo for celebrating autumn leaves: Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Avenue). This street that leads to the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is aptly named for the 146 gingko trees lining it on both sides.
If you are planning to be in town between mid-November and early December, don’t miss out on the annual Ginkgo Festival, where you can enjoy delicious delicacies served up fresh from one of nearly 50 food booths representing cuisine from all over Japan.

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Shinjuku Chuo Park

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If you prefer to avoid the crowds that come with the more well-known places listed above, head over to Nishi-shinjuku and appreciate nature with the locals in Shinjuku Chuo Park. Much like its more famous cousin, Shinjuku Gyoen, Shinjuku Chuo Park offers beautiful scenery that changes with each passing season.
When you are done admiring the colors of fall, there are plenty of additional activities to enjoy, including brushing up on history and enjoying a delicious bento lunch.

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Close to home

It’s hard to choose one word to describe Shinjuku, however, “convenience” is certainly in the running. All of these beautiful locations (and more) exist in a ward that is also famous for its shopping, entertainment, and history. This makes Shinjuku the perfect home base for your stay in Tokyo.
Depending on where you stay, you’ll find at least one, if not all, of the above locations within walking or jogging distance from your hotel. With the right amount of planning, you could even cover all of these locations in one day.
And if the locations covered in this article aren’t enough, Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens and the Imperial Palace lie just outside of Shinjuku Ward and offer superb scenery filled with autumn leaves. So don’t fret if your itinerary doesn’t include an excursion into the local mountains. When it comes to fall colors, Shinjuku’s got you covered.

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Originally from Riverside, California, I've been living, working, and writing in Japan since 2009. Japan has become my second home, and I'm especially fond of Shinjuku, Tokyo. That being said, I also love getting out into the countryside and exploring the entire country. Through Tadaima Japan, I hope to share the wonders of Japan with a wider, international audience. Check out my articles if you enjoy exploring on foot, convenient cafes, and affordable dining.


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